A House Divided
Paula Tarnapol WhitacreA Civil Life in an Uncivil Time
September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bjorn Skaptason interviews Paula Tarnapol Whitacre about her new book, A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose.
Abandoning a sad yet safe life, Julia moves to Alexandria to become a relief agent in a Union hospital during the worst of the Civil War. Soon enough, her encounters with dying soldiers and escaped slaves lead to an awakening that would change her life and help change a nation. Through Wilbur’s diary, Whitacre is able to show exactly how the times change us and we change them back.
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre is a professional writer and editor for organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she is a former Foreign Service officer and staff writer for the Washington Post. She participates in excavations, conducts archival research, and gives presentations on topics related to Alexandria, Virginia, where she lives with her family. Learn more and order your signed copy today.
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
By Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
Air Date/Time September 28, 5pm (Central)
1st ed., 320 pages, hardcover
In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family’s farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington DC. An ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent most of the next several years in Alexandria devising...